You can say that art therapy happened by chance somewhere in the mid of last century. The first experiment with art as a form of therapy took place by chance early in the Second World War when the artist Adrian Hill was recovering from tuberculosis in a Sussex sanatorium. He turned to his art as a way of passing the time creatively, and began introducing other patients to painting and drawing to take their minds off their illnesses and traumatic wartime experiences.
By treating only one part of a patient's body - the ear - auricular therapists claim that they can cure sickness in other parts of his system. For instance, a painful right shoulder is usually treated by means of the right ear; but treatment given to the left ear is often just as effective. The therapists' method is similar to acupuncture, and they claim that the ear has more than 200 acupuncture points which are physically related to specific areas of the body.
I often get asked by new Reiki healers about their Reiki workshop. The usual question is "I attended my Reiki 1 workshop yesterday, and although I had a very peaceful sleep that night, I did not feel anything during the attunement or while practising healing in class. What went wrong?" Let me tell you a story. I was psychic since as far as I can remember in childhood, although I never saw or felt ghosts and did not believe in them.
What can past life healing do for your present? Let's assume that your current life is a snap shot in an infinite album and every picture a lifetime in which you lived, learnt and loved. Then it would stand to reason that Dйjа vu isn't just a trick of the mind; that unexplainable irrational fears have very rational origins; and that the people close to you have most likely stood with you in more than one of those pictures.
A common misconception is that you won't be injured from sitting. The fact of the matter is that you don't need a forceful physical trauma to sustain an injury. Injuries can indeed occur form mere sitting! These are commonly understood as postural strain type disorders in which there is repetitive and cumulative microtrauma to the tissues of the body.
Fascia is the soft tissue fabric that holds us together. It provides support and protection for all the structures within the human body and knits and connects these structures into the form that we are. It extends without interruption from the top of the head to the tip of the toes.Recently, some evidence even suggests that fascia may be able to actively contract in a smooth muscle-like manner and consequently influence musculoskeletal dynamics.
Most patients are referred to an art therapist only when their emotional difficulties become so severe that they are admitted to hospital, either as outpatients or in-patients. Often they find it hard to talk about their personal problems because deep or frightening feelings are involved, or they do not understand why they are troubled or unhappy.
Art therapy is still a fairly small profession in Australia and New Zealand. Members of the Australian National Art Therapy Association practice in hospitals, clinics and special schools, seeing patients individually and in groups. Clients most often treated are criminal offenders, psychiatric patients, the mentally disadvantaged, delinquent children, and the victims of sexual assault.
The therapist will compile a complete case history. As well as general health details - and those of parents and possibly grandparents - the patient will be asked about his family life, work relationships, smoking, drinking, what he eats and how much, and also his hobbies and spare-time interests. The patient's ear is then examined thoroughly for any unusual marks or deformities.
Many therapists use acupuncture needles placed in the chosen acupuncture points and manipulated. The therapist may pass a tiny electric pulse down the needles. No pain is felt and patients usually find the treatment relaxing. Electrical stimulation may also be given without needles. The patient holds a metal rod which is attached by wire to an electrical stimulator.